On July 13, 2013, Americans waited with baited breaths for the verdict of a trial that would ultimately go down as one of the most controversial cases of our generation. Still, many weren’t ready when George Zimmerman was acquitted and declared a free man. Though it seems like many foretold the outcome, that hardly lessened the blow.
Amid the fight for justice for Trayvon Martin, the trial opened up debates about racial stigmas and Florida’s divisive Stand Your Ground law. And it’s not the first time a trial has led to Americans questioning our justice system and ourselves. Click through as VIBE examines 10 controversial court cases over the past two decades.